Monday, March 19, 2007

A Softening? Perhaps.

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein

Profound? I think it is. A friend of mine sent this quote to me and it really hits home. It's kinda like the old insanity theory...doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. And, who would be guilty of such a thing, you might ask? Would it be the folks on the right, who are so set in their ways they just keep plodding along, spewing the same old rhetoric, doing the same thing over and over? Or would it be the folks on the left, who are also so set in their ways they just keep plodding along, spewing their same old rhetoric, doing the same thing over and over? The answer, of course, is yes...and yes!

There is an old saying that politics are 'local', but I am beginning to believe that politics are 'loco', instead (doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result).

Many hundreds of years ago, it was commonly believed by the science community that the world was flat. That was the prevailing theory of the day. It was their theory, their idea, and they were sticking to it. Christopher Columbus was very lucky he didn't fall off the edge! Could have totally changed history, as we know it.

Today we have global warming. Thirty years ago we had global freezing. So who is right? President Bush is fighting the war on terrorism his way. The folks on the left just want to get out. So who is right?

Obviously, the mind-set that has carried us into four years of fighting in Iraq is flawed. We need a new, fresh set of ideas if we are to solve this very grave dilemma.

Just as obvious, the anti-war mantra to 'just bring our troops home', is equally flawed, but it is potentially much more dangerous.

If we do cut and run, will the terrorists consider that a victory and stop blowing up innocent people in Iraq, or will they become emboldened by our actions and escalate their jihad into this country. As comedian Ron White says, "Now that would be a valuable piece of information".

I honestly believe this: We don't really know who the true enemy is, but we had better be figuring it out, pronto. It is normal thinking to believe, if you are a Republican, that the Democrats are the enemy. And, if you are a Democrat, then the Republicans are the enemy. That seems to be the way it goes, especially if you pay any attention to the recent antics of our politicians inside the beltway. But, political adversaries need not be enemies. Bi-partisanship can be an invaluable asset in solving problems for this country. Differing view points can be productive. But somehow, the politicos seem to have sadly lost the ability get along. And we are the ones who are suffering for it.

The point is this: Since the beginning of mankind, there have been differing opinions. Differing schools of thought, if you will. But lately it has gotten completely out of hand. We are experiencing open hatred in the political ranks, and this is so wrong. The question is, what has caused this?

I think I have identified the real enemy, and it ain't us, and it ain't them. The real enemy is evil. Again, the real enemy is evil. Once more, the real enemy is evil. Evil! River City. P-O-O-L, and that spells pool! Our country, our culture, is embroiled in a spiritual warfare beyond anything we have seen in our lifetimes. The secular progressive movement in our land is a manifestation of this spiritual warfare, this evil, and it will destroy us unless we recognize it for what it is, and stop it in its tracks. The radical Muslim terrorists are also a manifestation of complete evil, hell-bent on our total destruction. Walk away? Quit? Please give this some serious thought before you advocate quiting.

Okay, you may ask, "Is Dougie changing his stripes?" No, I am every bit the conservative I have always been. I still view the liberal agenda as a precursor to socialism, and I find it every bit as lacking in reality as history has proven time and time again.

But, there is something changing in my heart. A softening? Perhaps. I still believe I am right in my political ideology with every fiber in my being, but I have also begun to believe that my old caustic, inflammatory approach to things has become counter-productive. The folks on the right loved it, for the most part, but in the process I alienated those on the left, and they didn't, for the most part.

So, I am going to try a new approach. One that will invite both sides to share their thoughts, their views, their ideas, without animosity.

Remember, we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. And it has become quite obvious that our elected officials aren't doing very much to help, on either side of the aisle.

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